Analyst Profile

Paul Lord

Paul Lord

Research Director

9 years at Gartner ,  9 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Paul Lord is a Research Director on Gartner's Supply Chain team, creating and coordinating content creation for cost optimization. He is a frequent conference speaker on inventory excellence and provides advice and insights to clients across all industries. He also covers supply chain planning with a focus on supply orchestration within constrained and complex process manufacturing networks (including chemicals, paper, lumber, metals, packaging, building materials, pharmaceuticals, lubricants, fuels, food and agricultural processing). Over the years, Mr. Lord has been one of Gartner's principal contributors to the development and maintenance of demand-driven supply chain maturity models (DDVN) as well as accompanying toolkits. For the first seven years as an analyst, Mr. Lord conducted research on end-to-end supply chain topics for the chemical industry, ranging from planning and logistics to strategy and transformation. He continues to follow industry trends and developments, including the impact of digital technologies.

Areas of Coverage

  • Supply Chain


Previous Experience

Mr. Lord joined Gartner following the company's acquisition of AMR Research. He joined AMR Research after a 25-year career in the chemical industry, which included roles in R&D, operations planning, distribution management and product-line management.

Professional Background

ARCO Chemical Co., Product Manager (3 yrs), Global Operations Planning Manager (3 yrs), 9 years
Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Process Engineer & Development Engineer, 5 years
Lyondell Chemical Co., Manager, Supply Chain Operational Excellence (6 yrs), Business Manager (4 yrs), 11 years


B.S., with high honors, Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University
M.B.A., Lehigh University
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois